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the government for two more weeks which takes us to march 18th, and then we are right back where we started with the contentious battles between republicans and democrats. one thing that we did learn today, harry reid, the senate majority leader, just had a news conference after that vote and he announced that vice president joe biden is going to inject himself into the process, and he will be conducting meetings with republicans and democrats to try to find the middle ground on the negotiations. right now they are about $60 billion apart on the ideal. and it is a fundamental battle in congress and nose in the republican ranks and especially those from the far right want a lot of cuts and what democrats call extreme cuts. on the left, harry reid has to deal with the liberals who say don't cut too much. the democrats feel that some of the cuts will hurt job growth and job creation. so that is what joe biden has in store for him. now, let's not forget it was joe biden who last year behind the scenes was working with republicans and democrats to find a way to get an agreement on a tax cut prop
, thank you for bringing us up to date there in jerusalem. >>> let's turn our attention now to libya, where moammar gadhafis forces are fighting a fierce battle in miscellaneous misrata. people are reportedly cowering in their darkened homes. this is video from tripoli, it shows anti aircraft artillery and tracer bullets being fired into the night sky. also last night, libyan tv broadcast what it said was live coverage to the nation, the first since the shelling began. he told the crowd, we'll beat 'em. nbc's richard engel is watching developments in other towns where gadhafi's forces have the upper hand. >> reporter: we are now on the rebel front line. all day we have been watching rebels, mostly in pickup trucks armed with rifles, rpgs, anti aircraft guns, rushing along this desert road, trying to take the center. gadhafi's forces, however, remain dug in the city, and are fighting back. from where we are, using this armored personnel carrier, which was destroyed by a western air strike for cover, we have been hearing and seeing incoming mortar and artillery rounds fired out. this i
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